The spirit of chocolate

It took us a week to come back here and tell about the Afternoon of Chocolate and Cocktails at Astor Wines. Let’s say we were recovering for a joy hangover!

First, what was the story behind the event? We contacted Astor Wines to offer them to collaborate on their tasting classes. And their immediate answer was to offer us to be part of their event during the Manhattan Cocktail Classic show : they were just recruiting pastry chefs. That day, we felt held by Miss Luck herself : “Boum, a gift for you, girls!”

The deal was presented like this in the email :

” 10 pastry chefs, 10 spirits brands, 5 bartenders, and 1 chocolate producer for a celebration of chocolate and spirits in a walk-around tasting of 10 different creations developed by pastry chefs to pair with one of the spirits as well as 10 signature cocktails”

 

And then started the process of creation of the the Saint-Trop’, a mini Saint-Honoré, made of a chou garnished with pineapple crémeux, sitting on top of Dulcey blond chocolate cream, diuja and a little shortbread.

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Some stress preceded the event. But that day was amazing : we met great pastry chefs (1), tasted lovely desserts and pastries (we found inspiration in some of them), and delicious cocktails of course. A perfect way to celebrate our first anniversary!

Now, the pictures:

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And more pictures of the rest of the event here by The Wandering Eater!

(1) Some of the pastry chefs were Stephanie Kopyta, Perilla & Kin Shop, Emily Wallendjack, Kingswood, Christina Lee, Recette, Peter Endriss, Runner & Stone, Francois Payard, FP Patisserie, Dorie & Joshua Greenspan, Beurre & Sel and Mark Sopchak, Whimsy & Spice.

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